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  1. an ancient commentator on the classics.
  2. a person who writes scholia.
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Origin of scholiast

From the Greek word scholiastḗs, dating back to 1575–85. See scholium, -ast
Related formsscho·li·as·tic, adjective
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  1. a medieval annotator, esp of classical texts
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Derived Formsscholiastic, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Late Greek skholiastēs, from skholiazein to write a scholium
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Word Origin and History for scholiast


"one who writes explanatory notes upon a classical writer," 1580s, from Late Latin scholiasta, from Late Greek skholiastes, from skholiazein, from skholion "explanatory note or comment," from skhole (see school (n.1)). Related: Scholiastic.

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